The Great Escape Trailer (1963)

Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Charles Bronson, James Coburn and Richard Attenborough, The Great Escape (1963) was loosely inspired by the true story of the mass escape of Allied soldiers from Stalag Luft III, a German POW camp, on the night of March 24/25, 1944. Of the 76 prisoners who escaped the Luftwaffe-run camp in real life, 73 were recaptured. Hitler then ordered Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, to execute more than half of the escapees. A total of 50 were shot. Stalag Luft III is also featured in the 2024 Apple TV+ miniseries Masters of the Air. The two main characters, Major Gale Cleven and Major John Egan, are held there for over a year. Related Article: Masters of the Air: History vs. Hollywood

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